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nanowrimo 2010

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Diary of a Blind Madman

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vanishing trail
nanowrimo 2010
louderback

         We seem to be heading down a vanishing trail at Livejournal. Several rumours have surfaced. Nothing has been verified by anyone, but there is at least a chance Livejournal will be one of the first of the diary/social networking sites to disappear. That would devastate me personally.

         In my livejournal I have the opportunity to consolidate everything into my friendspage. This means I can put more than 150 people who update their diaries at whatever interval onto a single page. I get their new entries whenever they make them and don't have to go look at their journals or rely on email to notify me that they have made a new entry.

To this you can add over 70 "communities" that I follow, places as diverse as cooking, ssdi and banzaiinstitute. Some update many times a day, I get easily 20 recipes every day, and others maybe once a month, even less.

On top of that, I follow 50 RSS feeds all of which automatically appear on my page with their latest updates. I don't have to go out and check them or go through a list.

         Using my friendspage I can do something I've never seen anywhere else and which is uniquely useful to me because of my vision and limited computer skills (of late). Livejournal's friendspage puts literally hundreds of entries a day on a single page through which I can scroll throughout the day getting all my news, updates on friends, and tidbits to feed my interests.

         If I had to look at all those journal entries manually, find all the communities, work through all those RSS feeds, I would never see any appreciable part of that information in the course of a day.

         In short I'd hate to lose Livejournal. I actually have a "permanent" account here. I have set up a bail-out spot at http://louderblog.wordpress.com. I am also setting up at Insane Journal as louderback. Insane is a Livejournal clone but a somewhat lesser child of it's greater sire.


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I know, i am concerned too...

It's weird, seeing that they just went through permanent membership drive, and I just paid for another year.

Yeah, I feel the same way.

I have a dear friend I met here (macheide - he has a perm. account from the early days) and he refers to lj as 'dying journal' because of the way it has been handled things from the start.

He recommended a bailout at word press as well. He has moved there and had me set up an account there - just in case. (I have a lot of work here that went private after I split with my Ex.)

It would break my heart to see Live Journal go tits up - I have too many friends here to even think of leaving them for good.

M.L.


I've enumerated above the many losses I'd feel if LJ went the way of the dodo. What I didn't mention but should have is that in addition to all of the reasons given is the fact that this is a shared experience with others who watch what I'm watching and allow me to see the world as they see it too.

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